Hammond Park JFC eating green thanks to new WA partnership

Hammond Park JFC players Ethan Maloney 10, Kate Duncan 9, Chloe La Rosa 9, Cooper Maloney 10 & Lilly Duncan 10. Photo: Jon Hewson. d493675 communitypix.com.au.
Hammond Park JFC players Ethan Maloney 10, Kate Duncan 9, Chloe La Rosa 9, Cooper Maloney 10 & Lilly Duncan 10. Photo: Jon Hewson. d493675 communitypix.com.au.

HAMMOND Park Junior Football Club players are already wearing green, but they’ll soon be eating green too thanks to a new state-wide partnership.

Healthway has joined with the West Australian Football Commission in a new two-year, $400,000 partnership that aims to promote healthy eating choices and maintain good health and wellbeing among WA’s youngest players.

Under the partnership junior clubs will receiving training from the WA School Canteen Association to review their canteen menus and provide a wider variety of nutritious choices.

Hammond Park JFC secretary Maree Owen said their 535 players would benefit greatly from the changes.

“Promoting health eating in crucial to grassroots sports,” she said.

“Aligning with healthy eating gives alternatives to the traditional options available at a grassroots sporting event and teaches young participants that there are other choices that help fuel the body and the brain.

“We recently underwent an assessment by Fuel to Go and Play in order to establish were we sat with the traffic light system and with a few small changes we are well on our way to providing healthier options to our canteen.

“Just like playing football is fun, so should eating healthy foods.”

Health minister Roger Cook said the partnership would also see ‘Go for 2&5’ banners positioned around the grounds during games, specific canteen signage and more education resources.

“Starting positive eating habits during childhood can have long-term advantages for health and wellbeing, which in turn reduces risk factors for so many chronic conditions,” he said.

“Junior football club canteens will be making changes that encourage and support players and families to make healthier food and drink choices on game day.”